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24 07 2018 03

The UK’s first full-sized driverless bus could be ready for use this year – but legal restrictions will ensure it has a driver when on the roads.

Transport operator Stagecoach, bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) and technology firm Fusion Processing will develop the single-deck autonomous bus.

The 12m ADL Enviro200 vehicle will be able to operate without a driver in an off-road environment. The driverless technology will also improve safety when driven in manual mode, the developers claimed.

In the short term, operators will only enable autonomous mode in depots, using it for parking and moving into the fuelling stations and bus washes. The companies said switching to self-driving vehicles in depots could help improve safety, efficiency and the use of space.

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